Timothy is a third-year East Asian Studies/Diplomacy and World Affairs double major from Occidental College in Los Angeles. Prior to studying abroad, Timothy’s studies have centered on historical and contemporary East Asian and Asian American experiences. He further focuses on social movements and minority rights, and is Vice President of Asian Pacific Americans for Liberation, a cultural/political student organization at his home college. He will be spending his time in Tokyo learning about Japan’s unique history and culture, visiting cat cafes, working hard to improve his Japanese language skills, petting cats, eating as much curry rice as possible, and purchasing cute cat-related items.
The greatest reason to study abroad in Japan in the spring semester? Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing. As the petals fall from the trees, I look back at my first month in Japan, as well as what lies ahead.
Before I depart for Japan, I look back on the experiences that have prepared me for a study abroad experience. Although I have a lifetime of engagement with Japanese culture behind me, I still have so much to learn.